Getting back to the OP, they told me in school that this hemisphere was only called ‘America’ after that guy Amerigo Vespucci nosed around it. . .and he came from Europe, right? So Western Hemispheric aboriginal peoples aren’t American, by your theory, right? And if people descended from persons who immigrated here from Europe or Asia are Europeans and Asians, respectively, and those descended from persons brought here from Africa are Africans, then there aren’t any Americans, are there?
And why shouldn’t an “African American” be insulted by being called a ‘black’ or a ‘Black’, since that sort of implies his/her attributes stop with the designation of a degree of approximation of his skin color relative to Europeans and Asians.
And are those of Arabic extraction from North Africa (of mostly Caucasian ancestry), who have emigrated to the US, African Americans?
And what in the world is an Hispanic American? Either a descendent of a pure Caucasian from Spain in Europe. . .or a person of full New World blood who has immigrated from some other “American” country that happens not to speak English or French, but rather Spanish or Portuguese?
And I don’t really understand what an Asian American is. Anyone descended from a Mongoloid people or an Indic Caucasian or Ainu people or Hmong or maybe even a Filipino/a or Guamanian (with maybe an Hispanic last name) or an Indonesian, which theoretically could include some strain from Irian Jaya (Western New Guinea)? And an Asian / Pacific Islander. What the devil is that? European Americans, European Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Polynesians from Hawaii, as well as Melanesians and Indians from Fiji and English persons and Maoris from New Zealand. . .along with all the Asian Americans?
And what ever happened to Australians, either European ones, Asian ones or aboriginal ones?
And when you get all that sorted out, you have to worry about whether you’re labeling a person by prior nationality, country of ancestry, ethnicity, religous affiliation. . .or what?
And then you have to worry (?) about individuals of mixed race from overseas or from racial mixture within the US and whatever.
Ray (mixed Extraterrestrian and Antarctic American. . .with organ implants from. . .and quadruple citizenship in. . .and thinking about joining Jews for Jesus. . .and loyal only to electronic hardware)